NTSB Identification: LAX05LA158.
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Accident occurred Saturday, May 07, 2005 in San Luis Obispo, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/2006
Aircraft: Champion 7ECA, registration: N42LC
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot landed the airplane in a soccer field and impacted a power pole. The pilot could not remember the circumstances of the accident. Witnesses indicated that the airplane was circling the soccer field with a sputtering engine, prior to the landing. During the landing ground roll, the airplane skidded into a power pole. There was a strong odor of fuel at the accident site and an observed post accident fuel leak from the left wing. Investigators examined the airplane after the accident and the engine was successfully test run. No airframe or engine anomalies were identified. The closest weather observation station was within 10 miles of the accident site and was reporting a temperature and dew point of 8 and 7 degrees Celsius, respectively. Review of a carburetor icing probability chart disclosed that the temperature and dew point was in the center of the area for serious icing at any power setting.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

a loss of engine power due to carburetor icing and the pilot's failure to use carburetor heat.

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